Do you have a question about bees or honey?
See our most frequently asked questions below.
If you can’t find a question/answer you’re looking for,
please email us at [email protected]
Q. My honey has turned solid – is it still good?
A. Yes. Natural, unpasteurized honey never goes bad. It’s nature’s original sweetener, with the added bonus that it never spoils. If your honey has crystallized, slowly heat it up in a microwave (being careful not to burn) or place in a warm water bath until it reliquifies.
Q. Why is my Creamed Honey hard?
Creamed honey is prepared by “seeding” a bit of crystallized honey in liquid honey. This new honey mixture is then churned until it becomes very smooth. After the jars are packed, we let them sit in a cold room to “set” where it becomes quite solid. Creamed honey’s natural tendency is to turn liquid over time and the higher the temperature, the quicker this happens. Our intention of letting the product sit in a cold room is to give it a longer shelf life. If the Creamed Honey jars are being stored in a cooler area of the house like your pantry, it will not soften as quickly. If you would like to help the softening process, you can place the jar above your stove or in a warmer area. It may take a day or two for the product to soften up, giving you the creamy consistency you know and love.
Q. I’d like to buy your honey for my shop and/or restaurant.
A. We are honoured to work with some of Ontario’s best restaurants and esteemed food boutiques. Our restaurant clients and boutiques have the ability to order our honey online & deliver directly to you through our GTA based distributor 100km Foods.
Are you located outside the GTA? Contact William at [email protected] directly for wholesale honey pricing.
Q. Can anyone from Rosewood perform an educational presentation about beekeeping?
A. Yes! Please contact William Roman at [email protected] to schedule a presentation about honeybees and beekeeping. William has recently presented to various high-school / university student groups around the Halton to Guelph area, and to a number of horticultural societies in the Niagara Region providing many insights into “A Year in the Life of a Beekeeper”.
Q. I’ve heard there’s problems with natural honeybee colonies/population. What can I do?
A. This is true – bees are facing many issues these days. An easy way to help is to plant a bee friendly garden. Some very popular, and high nectar producing plants include roses, sunflowers, sedum, lavender, sage and butterfly bushes.
You can also help by supporting your local farmers and producers. They work with local beekeepers and help promote hospitable environments for honeybees and other pollinators. Another way to help ensure the ban in Ontario on lawn/ornamental pesticides remains an important topic of discussion.
Q. How many bees live in one hive?
A. On average, in the middle of the summer, anywhere between 50,000 to 125,000 bees.
Q. How long does a Queen bee live? What about a worker bee?
A. A Queen bee can live for up to 5 years. Most queens are replaced every 2 years due to productivity issues. During the summer, a female worker bee typically lives for 7-8 weeks.
Q. How do bees make honey?
A. Bees gather nectar from nectar-producing plants that are close to their hives. They bring this nectar back to the hive and during their travel an enzyme produced by the bees begins the transformation process. After returning home, they store the nectar for safe keeping. The bees then begin to heat the hive using body heat, and the water-content in the nectar begins to evaporate. This causes it to thicken and shortly turn into honey (No.1 Grade Canadian Honey has 17.8% water content). Once the honey is ripe, the bees seal each honeycomb cell with a thin layer of beeswax. Now that the honey is sealed, we know that it’s ready to harvest.
Q. Do different flowers make different types of honey?
A. Absolutely! Any nectar producing plant will have a unique flavour specific to it. Acacia, blueberry, buckwheat, clover, and orange blossom honey are among the favourite types of honey in North America.
Q. What is going on with Colony Collapse Disorder?
A. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a phenomenon occurring in the Southern United States of America. Beekeepers in the past few years have had bees seemingly vanish from their hives. Research indicates that some pesticides can contribute to CCD and steps are being taken to decrease their usage. In Ontario, there have not been any confirmed cases of CCD. What most experts agree on is that the issue is around a mite called the Varroa Destructor. Varroa is an aggressive and evasive honeybee-specific mite that severely weakens honeybees and can kill hives in a single season if left unchecked.
Q. I’ve heard that Beeswax Candles “clean” the air – how exactly?
A. Burning a 100% beeswax candle releases negative ions into the air. These negative ions clean and purify the air. The ratio of negative ions increases in the air as the candle is burned. Through static electricity, the negative ions emitted charge allergens such as dust, various pollens and odors which then fall to the ground, allowing them to be swept into the garbage.